I received this book for free from Edelweiss, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on September 10th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mythology, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.
Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she's only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.
Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand'sUnearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home.
I was expecting this huge mythological retelling of one of the Egyptian Gods of Goddesses, but it was set in modern times with our main character hiding her true identity from the world. Now I’m not very well versed in Egyptian mythology (except for Anubis) and I was psyched to read all about it. There was a bit of history and some stories being told but it wasn’t all there. I felt like I was reading a contemporary mystery instead. And that mystery didn’t start until the middle of the book. And if you know me, I get very bored with story lines being really slow.
Wasn’t a big fan of the romantic love that started too quickly and spiraled out of control. I had no idea why they were so interested in each other, and it felt too unrealistic. Unless you fall in love at first sight that is. Isadora is a likable character don’t get me wrong, I just thought that her focusing on her relationships shouldn’t have been the main priority. I did like that she wanted to make a name for herself with the exhibition that she was hosting. Though I did want her entire focus on that and not boys. Maybe that’s just me being weird, but I did want more action to happen? It was boring at times, and I felt myself wanting to stop. I eventually forced myself to finish it, and it got better at the end. Even though the mystery wasn’t that big of a reveal.
Overall, I would skip this one unless you love romances as your main focus. There were hardly any mythology aspects at all, and that’s probably the main reason I picked this up in the first place.